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What To Do When the Holidays Are Tough After a Divorce

Christmas can be difficult for those who have recently gone through a divorce. The holidays often bring reminders of happy times with your former spouse and can be tough to get through. You may feel alone, sad, or angry. But there are things you can do to make the holidays more bearable. Keep reading to learn more about getting through Christmas after a divorce.

What are some tips for getting through the holidays?

Take some time for yourself to process your feelings about the divorce. It's normal to feel sad, angry, or confused during the holidays. Give yourself permission to grieve the loss of your relationship, and try to spend Christmas with friends or family members who will support you and make you feel good. Avoid spending time with people who are likely to make you feel bad or trigger painful memories.

Additionally, try to focus on the positive things about Christmas. Maybe it's a time to spend with your children, enjoy special traditions, or get together with old friends. Find ways to enjoy the holiday season even if it's not exactly how you imagined it. Make sure to take care of yourself emotionally and physically during the holidays. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly; this can help you stay strong during this challenging time.

What are some self-care tips for the holidays?

Self-care is important for everyone but is especially crucial after a divorce. The holidays can be tough, especially if you're newly single and spending them alone. Here are some tips to help you take care of yourself this holiday season:

Spend time with friends and family and the people you love. Whether that means going out for drinks or dinner, watching movies together, or just hanging out at home, spending time with your loved ones will help make the holidays feel a little bit better.

It's important to take time for yourself during the busy holiday season. Maybe that means taking a long bath, reading your favorite book, or taking a walk in the park. Whatever it is, find something that helps you relax and de-stress.

The holidays can be hectic, so don't overcommit yourself by agreeing to too many things. It's fine to say no sometimes and relax at home instead. You'll likely feel more stressed if you try to do too much.


Get outside help if you need it. This could mean talking to a therapist, counselor, or friend. Talking about what is going on can help to make it feel more manageable.

Try looking into spirituality or faith. A large print King James Version Bible is easy to read, and it can be helpful to have it with you when trying to find comfort during this difficult time. The holidays don't have to be unbearable after a divorce; using some of these tips can make it much more manageable.

Lean on your support system to get through the tough times.

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The holidays are when many people feel pressure to be joyful. But for those who are newly divorced, the holidays can be a difficult time.

  • Lean on your support system. Talk to your friends and family members about how you're feeling and ask for their help. They may be able to provide emotional support or lend a listening ear.
  • Don't try to do everything alone. Ask others to help with holiday preparations or tasks that you typically do. This can take some of the pressure off and allow you to relax more.
  • Avoid any potential triggers. If certain things tend to upset or bother you during the holidays, try to avoid them this year. For example, if watching Christmas movies makes you feel sad, don't watch them this year.
  • Spend time with positive people who make you feel good about yourself. Surrounding yourself with supportive people will help boost your mood and make the holidays more enjoyable.

The holidays can be challenging after a divorce. Spending time with friends and family, focusing on self-care, and being mindful of the emotions you're feeling can all help make the holidays a little bit easier.

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